Cambridge...3 Mile Island, Chernobyl and Japan was 1950's technology. We are Light years ahead of that today. As I said, We have run our navy for almost 50 years on Nuclear power without incident.
Every comment I made in response to your posting is 100% correct. I said 200 mile range, you come back with 265 miles so that is splitting hairs. If I am traveling, I don't want to have to stop and recharge my car every 3 or 4 hours when I am making a trip. My Ford Escape has a 350 mile range at which time it takes me 5 minutes to refuel it and I am back on the road.When they build an electric car which gives me at least a 1000 mile range for the same price as my current car along with the same ride and comfort, I might consider one. Until then, I will stick with what I have.
As far as the Wind turbines...they will not stop killing birds and your assumption that more birds were killed by pollution is a fallacy.
As a nation, we currently account for less than 10% of the world's total carbon contribution and what you tree huggers fail to remember is that trees require CO2 to make oxygen. It is part of the natural process. We have come a long way since the 1950's and 1960's regarding the amount of pollution we contribute to the environment. Over that same time, we have lost millions of manufacturing jobs to countries who did not have the stringent environmental laws that we have here. Youngstown is a perfect example of this. In the 1980's we lost over 100,000 jobs in the steel industry due to the EPA. This area has never recovered from that. Those jobs all went overseas. Other cities suffered similar losses so there is always a trade off when the gov't issues regulations on business without proper planning. What Obama is trying to do now is another example of poor planning without proper analysis just because he wants to leave a "legacy"..damn the consequences.
The Congress, for once, is listening to the people and saying the cost is not worth the benefits.
It's obvious that we do not agree on many issues so let's just agree to disagree and let it go at that.
Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And BTW, last Saturday would have been Penny's birthday had she not passed away in 2010.
November 30, 2015 at 7:41 a.m.
Cambridge..I am not against renewable energy. Personally I like a blended approach. Natural gas is a clean burning source of energy, it inexpensive and plentiful. I also like Nuclear power. We have run a great percentage of our navy on that for many years without incident. France currently generates 85 % of its electricity this way. When Obama ran for his first term he was constantly talking about Clean Coal power plants but as soon as he took office he abandoned this with his "cap and trade" deal which thankfully never was enacted because even his own party saw through that charade.
As far as Green options...let's take a look at that. How many endangered birds have been slaughtered by these huge wind farms and now the gov't is trying to fine those people for the loss of these birds. You can't have it both ways. You either accept the loss or you ban the wind farms. Birds don't understand the dangers and the wind farms can't put up signs to warn the birds of potential danger.
As far as electric cars....they are not cost effective and might be fine to do your grocery shopping but they are not feasible for long distance travel. Try driving one from Chicago to San Francisco. Since most have a range of only about 200 miles, you might as well take some other form of transport. The only option currently available would be to buy a Hybrid which offers the best of both worlds. The trade off here again is the price difference and how long it would take to recoup the additional cost.
Solar power has been a joke. It might be fine in certain areas of the country which have 250 to 300 + days of sunshine, but most areas of the US don't have that and we saw what happened to Obama's pet projects that he invested millions of our tax dollars into. So please don't tell me that the Republicans are the only ones getting visits from lobbyists.
Geothermal isn't any more cost effective. Had 4 clients over the last 2 years have to replace their Geothermal units after about 15 years of service at a cost of between $15K and $18K. When you can buy a top of the line Gas Furnace/Central A/C unit for less than $7500 installed and they last about 25 + years, my money goes to that option everyday of the week.
As far as asking the workers which jobs they would prefer, I haven't asked any so I can't respond to that but I might ask how many have you personally talked to? I know the miners in WV, KY, PA and OH have no love for Obama and his policies so I would say that your perception may be a little off.
With the ability of our companies to produce world class products in virtually every industry, I am not worried about this country being left behind especially if we can get the damn gov't out of the way and let us produce.
November 29, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
As a business owner, I am sick and tired of hearing all the liberals out there bitching about the lack of jobs on one hand, then putting all these new regulations on business which keeps them from expanding and adding additional employees.
BTW, there are good paying jobs out there but either the people aren't trained for them, the ones that have the skills don't want to move to where the jobs are, or they can't pass the drug tests, especially in this area.
November 29, 2015 at 3:04 p.m.
Cambridge and Pookie, you are the group that needs the liberal media to tell you how to think. I listen to several news channels but also do a lot of reading on what's going on.
It's not just Republicans who think this is a lot of BS. Just read this article and you will see that past and current agreements either didn't do what they were supposed to do or made exceptions for certain groups of countries who were the major polluters. This country has done a lot over the years to fight all types of pollution but this is getting to be extreme.
November 29, 2015 at 2:55 p.m.
Here we go again....King Obama trying to circumvent the Congress to achieve some Deal He wants to make, whether the people want it or not.
I have seen climate cycles here in the US over the last 60+ years I have been around and don't buy this BS purported by Al Gore, Obama and a few "scientists" This planet went through many cycles over the millions of years before man ever walked the earth, from Tropical climates to Ice Ages.
I am so sick of this nonsense about his "Legacy". We have Obamacare, which is now Imploding as many of the insurance co-ops set up through it are bankrupt and Major carriers are pulling out of the market because of losing money. There is a plan underfoot to hit the Taxpayers up for almost $3 billion to reimburse the carriers for their losses.
Next we have the Iran Nuclear Deal which transfers $150 Billion to them in exchange for Not building a nuclear device over the next 10 years and inspections with a 21 day notice. OMGAnd yet we have Harry Reid and company stalemating the passage of legislation that would stop that agreement.
Finally, with almost 70% of the people of this country opposed to the plan, He and John Kerry intend to import Syrian Refugees here to this country. Why aren't the Arab Neighbors providing sanctuary for these refugees. Better still the bigger question is why are they not fighting for their country? Almost 240 years ago, the patriots of this country fought the finest army in the world at the time for our freedom. It's time for this administration to remember that the People own this country and they are there to serve US, not the other way around. I don't want to see another 9/11 or Paris terrorist attack in this country.
We have enough "Illegal Immigrants" (Yes, I said "illegal" not "undocumented") in this country who either entered this country Illegally or overstayed their visas. Obama hasn't got the gonads to do anything about this here, but I challenge anyone to try doing this in any other country and see what happens. IMHO, "birthright" citizenship should only be granted to babies who have at least 1 American citizen as a parent. That would stop the "anchor" baby problem we have here.
It's time for the People of this country to show some guts and tell this administration that we have had enough of this nonsense.
November 29, 2015 at 7:34 a.m.
I am so sick of hearing about this BS on "Climate Change" promoted by all the Chicken Littles claiming the Sky is falling. This planet has gone through many different changes from dinosaur extinction to Ice ages when there were little or no human activity.
Before I see one tax dollar spent on this U. N. fallacy, I want to see this country's economy back on track.
November 9, 2015 at 1:19 a.m.
@ Cambridge- for Once I have to heartily agree with everything you said.
When parents take education seriously and pass that on to their students, the educators have a much easier time making the learning environment successful.
When the majority of the parents don't give a damn about the education of their kids, as is apparent in Youngstown, the whole system fails.
If the parents here really cared about their child's education, every school board meeting would be filled to capacity with parents demanding their students receive the best education possible and accept nothing less. They would put everyone on notice, the teachers, staff, administrators and the board that they had better do their jobs, or they would be in the unemployment line. And the Parents had better be doing their jobs at home too.
October 25, 2015 at 7:11 p.m.
@allany2525- You are correct when you say there are no Easy answers to solving these problems. The point that something needs to be done with these dilapidated structures goes without saying.
The point I was making is the city already makes a nice profit on the trash collection charges and this is not from the sale of water. They are saying the additional revenue would generate $2.4 million to demolish about 250 buildings each year. They are already doing that with the funds they have now and the actual profits generated by the extra surcharge would generate roughly $4 million, not the $2.4 million they are stating. So all I was stating was that the extra money should actually allow the city to demolish many more than the 250 they are stating. At an average of $6,000 per structure (houses) they should be able to demolish approx 600 houses per year.
Recently, the Vindicator had a story regarding the funds the city receives from the Casinos around the state. This is new revenue that they had not received even just a few years ago.
I agree, the taxbase of Youngstown has decreased over what it once was and costs continue to increase to provide services to the community. No one is disputing that. My opinion of why Youngstown has not rebounded like surrounding cities have is the lack of vision on the part of our political leaders. I see 3 distinct problems this area has had.
1. The worst school system in the state.
2. One of the worst crime rates in the state....not just robberies, murders and other such crimes, but the constant reports of political leaders being charged with corruption and being sent to prison or still under indictment and awaiting trial.
3. The 2nd highest income tax rate in the state. There is only 1 other city with a higher rate than Youngstown.
With these 3 strikes against it, is it any wonder why businesses are not looking more favorably at our area to locate a business, even with the relatively low cost of living here?
Until these issues are addressed and we have leadership here that is more proactive in trying to attract new business and industry to locate to this area, we are never going to see the necessary growth to rebuild this community to the stature it once held.
October 25, 2015 at 10:18 a.m.
@Education_Voter...if you read my post, it said I was not a fan of Charter Schools, esp when there are excellent opportunities in the local public schools. Youngstown is the exception to this statement.
My first suggestion would be to disband the Federal Dept of Education. Keep the Feds out of the education business. It is their social experiments which led to many of the problems in today's schools. I said this in my previous posts. Get rid of Common Core and quit teaching to these F****ing tests. Go back to teaching, math, reading, science and skills these kids need to function properly in Society. After almost 40 years of their interference, kids today can't even make change working at McDonald's if the cash register doesn't give them the answer. God forbid they would have to do a simple problem in their heads, let alone using a pencil and paper.
Sen. Schiavione introduced a bill in Columbus to make sure that if students opted to go to a school other than the district in which they lived, if the Chosen School was not rated higher than their public school, the money didn't follow the student. I think this is a very sensible approach, because I'll be damned if I want my tax dollars going to another school when ours is a terrific school district.
As far as the Youngstown District goes, the only way I see any improvement happening has nothing to do with money, teachers, admin and staff. The Parents need to start being held accountable for their students. There are many good parents, who care about their kids and make every effort to see that they succeed, but they make up less than 25% of the total. The rest are AWOL and couldn't be bothered how the kids do and this is what has driven the system into the abyss over the last 40 years. In the districts where the parents are involved, the students succeed and the schools perform well. In the others....well you see the outcome there.
October 23, 2015 at 9:48 p.m.
@Uptowngirl- you post demonstrates exactly what many of are talking about here in these posts. Your very first statement shows that you have not a clue as to what is going on here.
Voting for the "wrong" board members has been a major reason why the schools are such a dismal failure and have been for more than 30 years.
I have to agree with @NoBS. The teachers share some of the blame, but they only have to work with what they are given to teach. When a teacher walks into the classroom and they have to battle students, parents, administrators and school boards who do not back them when trying to maintain the environment necessary to promote an atmosphere where learning can take place, there is only so much they can do. Many are very dedicated to their profession and want to see the students succeed, but are fighting a battle with at least one hand, if not both tied behind their backs.
Learning is not an 8 - 4 operation. It begins at home and ends at home and it is supposed to be a partnership between the school and the parent. Unfortunately is many cases, it is anything but.
Not so long ago, the state gave millions of dollars to the YCSD for new buildings. Have you looked at the condition of them now, only a few years later. many suburban districts are in need of new buildings too, but they only get crumbs from the state when it's their turn.
One need only look at the districts surrounding Y-town to see educational success stories everywhere. Many are either rated Excellent or even Excellent with distinction. The main difference is the role of the parents in the educational process. I am not a big fan of Charter Schools when I see public schools providing a quality education to their students which is second to none. More money is not the answer to what ails YSCD. It;s the parents and citizens of the community which have destroyed a once-fine school district.
October 22, 2015 at 7:37 p.m.